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Help increase the representation of women online by contributing to the largest free and open encyclopedia on the web. Beginners and experts are welcome!

Why Wikipedia?

Wikipedia is a free and open encyclopedia. Available in over 300 languages, it is consistently in the top 10 of most viewed websites globally.

However, Wikipedia isn't fully representative. Only 19% of biographies on the site are about women and only 10% of Wikipedia’s editors identify as women. The Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative is committed to working towards equity on Wikipedia by adding women from our collections to the site.

Why Edit-a-thons?

Edit-a-thons are public events where we collaborate to learn how to edit Wikipedia together (training is provided at every event) about a variety of topics throughout the Smithsonian museums. These events are best suited for participants 16 and up who can make well-sourced additions to the site. 


Upcoming Programs

Thursday, June 9, 2022 from 1–3:30 p.m. (ET)

Fifty Women Sculptors: A Wikipedia Edit-a-thon


Graphic with event details and sculpture of girl on ice skates
"Girl Skating" by Abastenia St. Léger Eberle, 1907. Bronze. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the C.K. Williams Foundation.

With the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Many women artists whose important works are displayed in museums and galleries around the world have incomplete Wikipedia articles or no article at all. Sculptors are even less represented than painters in Wikipedia, increasing the likelihood of women sculptors being excluded. This problem can be corrected. Wikipedia is an openly editable resource, meaning that we can all help improve the quantity, quality, and accuracy of Wikipedia entries.

During this event, attendees of all experience levels will learn the basics of how to edit Wikipedia by creating or updating articles related to the history of fifty women sculptural artists in the United States.

Past Progress

In 2021, volunteers at our events increased the representation of American women on Wikipedia. Together we made 6,774 total edits, including:

  • 331,585 words
  • 2,593 references 
  • 611 edited articles
  • 127 newly created articles

In addition, participants at events learned the skills to to edit Wikipedia anytime they want.


Past Programs

View the worklists for past events by clicking on the event title.





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